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    NYC Summer Project: Re-Imagining Small Food Business

    NYC Summer Project: Re-Imagining Small Food Business


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: United States
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: August
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Category: Business/Entrepreneurship
    • Sub-Categories: Design, Entrepreneurship, Culinary Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    From food trucks to outdoor dining huts, urban farms to fire escape kitchens, on this program we’ll explore the city to see what we can learn from NYC’s re-emerging food scene. Our project team, comprised of high school students from across the region and the country, will spend one week seeking inspiration and ideas from small businesses and organizations around the city. Then during our final few days, we’ll work together to design our own food pop-up prototype.

    All essential elements of the team project are scheduled as a day program, taking place from roughly 9 am to 6 pm daily, Monday-Friday, August 9-13. On one or two nights, the program may last longer to include a group dinner with a partner venue.

    This program set-up allows local area students to join in, or families to travel to New York and spend the evenings together. For students traveling on their own, we will be offering an evening program with chaperoned hotel accommodation, meals, and activities exploring the city.


    The first few days of the program will be an exploration of food in the city, while our focus will shift in the later part of the week to our pop-up concepts and prototypes. The group will travel around the city using the subway and on foot, and a majority of the programming will take place outdoors.

    Sample Day Program Highlights (all participants):

    • Monday: Delve into the history and iconic influence of food in New York: from pizza to bagels, famous foods and recent transformations.
    • Tuesday: Explore the diversity of cuisines and cultures across Brooklyn and Queens: Mexican taco shops, Balkan and Greek bakeries, and snack foods from India and China.
    • Wednesday: Consider new food trends and innovations, from robot coffee shops to ghost kitchens.
    • Thursday: Focus on pandemic-inspired innovations and begin designing our own pop-up.
    • Friday: Pop-Up Final Project Day and Program Closing

    Before the exploration week, all students will be expected to join in on one or two of pre-program team video calls to meet the other students on the project team and identify the strengths, interests, and skills that we will bring to the field each day.


    For students who are travelling to NYC on their own, the overnight program option is designed as a fully immersive week experience to complement the day program. Students can join us at the hotel, or we will meet them/drop them off at the airport or train station.

    Overnight students will share a room with one other student, or can request their own room at an additional cost. In the evenings, the group will explore different neighborhoods of the city and have dinner together. Evening activities may include:

    • Exploring the now-famous Highline and the West Village
    • Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoying the views back to Manhattan
    • Strolling Central Park and having dinner on the Upper West Side
    • Taking the Staten Island Ferry for more scenic views of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty


    This program is open to current high school students ages 14-18. Interested students should complete an application and will then have a short call with our staff to confirm their acceptance to the program. Please apply through our website and pay the small application fee to hold your spot. This fee is fully refundable if you are not accepted onto the project team.

    This program is designed to emphasize outdoor activities but will include indoor dining and public transport as a group. For this reason we are asking that all students be fully vaccinated before joining the program to reduce the risk of program modifications, outbreaks, or spread among students or local supporting partners. All staff will also be vaccinated, and we will continue to monitor vaccine efficacy and Covid-19 risk indicators in NYC throughout our preparation as well as during the program. We will modify the program as necessary.